Flu occurs every year and most people usually recover within a week, but for some, the disease can be dangerous and increase the risk of developing more serious illnesses. In the worst cases, flu can result in a stay in hospital or even death.
Flu can affect anyone, but some people are more susceptible to the effects of flu. The flu jab is free for everyone who is at increased risk including:
This year, the following groups of children are being offered the flu vaccination:
The nasal vaccine contains a highly processed form of porcine gelatine. The gelatine helps to keep the vaccine viruses stable.
Some faith groups accept the use of gelatine in medical products - the decision is up to you. Find out more about vaccines with porcine gelatine
It’s best to have the flu vaccination in the autumn. Remember that you need a flu jab every year as the flu virus can change from year to year.
The flu jab is free for everyone who is at increased risk. To get the vaccination, speak to your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist, or visit NHS Choices.
For more information on children and flu vaccination visit NHS Choices Child Flu.